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Fugitive Units Recapture Florida Inmate Who Escaped 34 years Ago
Florida Dept Of Corrections ^ | 4/20/2010 | Florida Dept Of Corrections

Posted on 04/25/2010 5:43:28 PM PDT by Larry381

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida fugitive Paula Eileen Carroll got an unpleasant birthday surprise this morning when she was arrested by Brevard County Sheriff’s Officers at her home for escaping from the Florida prison system more than three decades ago.

Carroll escaped 34 years ago from a Florida prison where she was serving a five year sentence for buying, receiving or concealing stolen property. She was sentenced on July 18, 1975 for the Osceola county offense, and escaped less than two months later, on September 3, 1975.

A tipster had contacted Fugitive Coordinator Rita Hall with the Department of Corrections’ Fugitive Unit and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Fugitive Unit, and they worked together to engineer Carroll’s recapture. Sgt. Frank T. Hickman and other members of the BCSO Fugitive Unit apprehended Carroll at 8:55 this morning as she walked from her residence to her vehicle.

She told the arresting officers of the BCSO Fugitive Unit that she had “been thinking about this day for a long time” and that she was “glad it’s over.” She is 56 years old today.

Records of the 1975 escape indicate that she and another inmate were discovered missing from Florida Correctional Institution (now Lowell C.I.) during a routine count of inmates. Despite an immediate search involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Carroll has been at large since. The other inmate was subsequently recaptured.

Carroll was using the name and social security number of a West Virginia woman but her own birthdate, which is April 20, 1954. She is 56 today.

The Florida Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit has had notable success in recapturing fugitives since its inception in January 2007, using existing staff and resources, and works aggressively with law enforcement to develop and follow leads. Since that time, 413 fugitives have been recaptured. An inmate is eligible to be placed on the list if s/he has been missing for more than 30 days, and some cases are older (and colder) than 60 years.

The Florida Department of Corrections has not had an inmate escape from a secure perimeter since 2006.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: convict; corrections; escape; florida; fugitive

1 posted on 04/25/2010 5:43:29 PM PDT by Larry381
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To: Larry381

they must have taken a long siesta.


2 posted on 04/25/2010 5:46:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (?)
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To: Larry381

Yikes she is only 56! Well she won’t have to worry about her retirement income and how is she going to make it.


3 posted on 04/25/2010 5:46:46 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Larry381

“Hellooo, baaaaaaaby!”

4 posted on 04/25/2010 5:50:00 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Larry381


"Thinking? While you're at it why don't you think me up a cup of coffee and a donut with the little sprinkles on top."
5 posted on 04/25/2010 5:52:26 PM PDT by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: Ditter

She was a cutie back then. From the perspective of time, five years looks like it was a small price to pay now.


6 posted on 04/25/2010 5:54:04 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Larry381

Amazing how guilt can increase over the years. But I guess us men all know that (other than Lindsey Graham).


7 posted on 04/25/2010 5:54:22 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Larry381
With a five year sentence on a non-violent felony she would have probably been paroled after 12-18 months. Now she will most likely be charged with escape and identity fraud on top of the original sentence, probably looking at 10 years minimum. Although there have been some cases similar to this in the past where the judge will take into account if she has stayed out of trouble for the last 34 years and give her a lighter sentence. That chick from the SLA being the most prominent.
8 posted on 04/25/2010 5:54:37 PM PDT by apillar
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To: Larry381

I personally believe she was actually not guilty....in 1975.


9 posted on 04/25/2010 5:55:34 PM PDT by Larry381 ("in the final instance civilization is always saved by a platoon of soldiers" Oswald Spengler)
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To: Ditter

Knowing you are a fugitive is probably hell on the nerves. Waking up every day knowing the next knock on your door might be the police...

I am sure she regrets escaping now. It would have all be done and ancient history now if she had just done her time quietly and made the best of it afterwards.


10 posted on 04/25/2010 5:55:36 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: Larry381

FL has more illegals than AZ and they are bankrupting the state, engaging in crime, defrauding taxpayers and the RINOs who control FL house and senate do nothing.

Great they caught this poor dumb woman but RINO Charlie Crist is too busy on his tanning bed to deal with the state being bankrupted by illegals. Crist is buddies with ACORN and SEIU.


11 posted on 04/25/2010 5:58:24 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: BradyLS

She was a cutie back then...

(looks at current picture)

...but time can sure be a b_tch.

I like saving pictures like this to show my son and daughter not to base a relationship on solely on what someone looks like in their teens or twenties. I see some of the girls I grew up with, that were beautiful at 18 but look like death warmed over by their mid 30's and others that are as good looking at 40 as they were at 18.

12 posted on 04/25/2010 6:06:09 PM PDT by apillar
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To: egannacht

I can hear Tommy Lea Jones saying that just by reading it.


13 posted on 04/25/2010 6:09:10 PM PDT by comps4spice (hey, hey, ho, ho, the political class has got to go)
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To: Larry381
Carroll was using the name and social security number of a West Virginia woman but her own birthdate, which is April 20, 1954. She is 56 today.

And they want to use the SS # as a national ID...

Is there anything you'd trust the federal government to do well...???

14 posted on 04/25/2010 6:13:15 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Larry381

I think it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money to incarcerate her. My guess is that she is sick with no insurance and ratted on her self...

You heard it here first.


15 posted on 04/25/2010 6:13:47 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: apillar

I agree that time is hard on people, true, but life can be harder. She made some bad choices and I’ll bet she’s regretting them now.


16 posted on 04/25/2010 6:18:05 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Larry381

LOL!


17 posted on 04/25/2010 6:19:09 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: babygene

You beat me to it. Next we’ll be hearing she needs a heart transplant or something.


18 posted on 04/25/2010 6:20:02 PM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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To: babygene
My guess is that she is sick with no insurance and ratted on her self...You heard it here first.

These days, I believe it.

19 posted on 04/25/2010 6:21:33 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Sir Clancelot

“You beat me to it. Next we’ll be hearing she needs a heart transplant or something.”

Well, the woman she stole the SS number from gets to collect her social security and medicare... What else can she do?


20 posted on 04/25/2010 6:23:54 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: babygene

Funny actually...


21 posted on 04/25/2010 6:25:07 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: apillar

“I like saving pictures like this to show my son and daughter not to base a relationship on solely on what someone looks like in their teens or twenties. I see some of the girls I grew up with, that were beautiful at 18 but look like death warmed over by their mid 30’s and others that are as good looking at 40 as they were at 18. “

Most of the pretty girls I went to school with weigh 200 lbs today.


22 posted on 04/25/2010 6:29:15 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: babygene

Wonder if they will charge her for identity theft? If they find out she’s ever voted for a Republican, she’s toast.


23 posted on 04/25/2010 6:32:30 PM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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To: Sir Clancelot

“Wonder if they will charge her for identity theft?”

Probably not... If they did that, then all those working years may have to be credited to her own SS account.


24 posted on 04/25/2010 6:44:46 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Here’s more about her...

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100421/NEWS01/4210349/After-34-years-fugitive-caught-in-Melbourne


25 posted on 04/25/2010 6:55:52 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: apillar
I see some of the girls I grew up with, that were beautiful at 18 but look like death warmed over by their mid 30's and others that are as good looking at 40 as they were at 18.

You never can tell. In My case, all the ladies who know Me say I look better now than when I was eighteen. Not to brag or anything. Just in the genes, I suppose. Even My ex-s' tell our mutual friends that they wished they had stayed togother with Me. Makes Me laugh at times. *grin*

26 posted on 04/25/2010 8:20:42 PM PDT by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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